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NOVEMBER 5th: Public Presentation: A Voyage of Rediscovery: The Onrust in 2014

In June 2014 NMHA commemorated the 350th anniversary of the first voyage of English settlers from Gravesend to Monmouth County by organizing the reenactment of that voyage by a replica of an early 17th Century sailing ship - the Onrust.

NMHA will also celebrate 2014 for the founding of the first permanent home of NMHA at the historic Grover House, built circa 1730 by James Grover, grandson of one of the original twelve English settlers.

Event details HERE

October 12: Public Canoeing Day - the last in 2014!

All are welcome! Bring family and friends! 

October 1: Public Presentation: It's 1664 and New Jersey Needs YOU!

In the Fall of 1664, just months after acquiring New Netherlands from the Dutch, the English Governor Richard Nicolls started an advertising campaign to attract settlers to New Jersey. 

The proclamation “Conditions for New-planters in the Territories of his royal Highness, the Duke of York” laid out who could buy land and under what conditions.


For families, adults and youth, this is your opportunity to experience what RIVER RANGERS experience!

Canoeing from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. All are welcome to paddle the Swimming River in colorful River Rangers canoes. NMHA will supply canoes, life vests and paddles for all. YOU bring hat, sunscreen, bug spray, and water. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

AUGUST 3: Fluke Fishing Fund Raiser!

Enjoy a half day out on the Mariner fishing for fluke and help support Sea Scout Ship Navesink at the same time!

Depart from Atlantic Highlands. Fishing gear provided. Maximum 30 for uncrowded fun! Bring sun screen and lunch!


JULY & AUGUST: River Rangers 10th Season

River Rangers is for kids age 10-15 who spend five mornings exploring the Navesink River area. Sign up before June 21st and save!

Learn more about River Rangers HERE.

NEW for 2014! - Exploring historic Sandy Hook by land and by sea.

JUNE 5-9: Visit of the Sailing Ship Onrust

To commemorate the 350th anniversary of the arrival for the first settlers in Monmouth County, the the ONRUST, a replica of 17th Century ship and typical of the ships that brought the first settlers to our area in 1664, will cruise to Highlands and into the Navesink.

PUBLIC ACCESS DAYS: Families! School students! Experience living history by visiting the ship. It's FREE!

More about the Cruise of the Onrust

See and Purchase Photos of the trip from NY to Bahrs    

May 17-18: Community Boatbuilding

Wooden canoes to add to the River Rangers fleet were built in two days behind Fair Haven Fire House. The building teams were ready and eager to start.

River Rangers, Sea Scouts from two local ships, and others from the community helped refurbish and repaint existing canoes.

Come for a few hours or a whole day!

APRIL 23: Public Presentation: "The New Clearwater Garvey"

For over thirty years NJ Friends of Clearwater's the Adam Hyler has been the mainstay of the summer Environmental Sail Program jointly run with NMHA on the Navesink.        

Tom Gibson, a long-time member of NJ Friends and NMHA and an Adam Hyler skipper, will describe the Environmental Sail Program, the Adam Hyler, and the design and build process for the new garvey. More information

MARCH 22: Public Presentation: "Iceboating on the Navesink and the Hudson"

NMHA, Monmouth Boat Club (MBC), and Norh Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club (NSIBYC) will combine to present an historic day of iceboating history to the current day.

Prominent iceboaters will present their experiences at MBC in the morning and NSIBYC will offer tours of their facility and incredible memorabilia in the afternoon.  More information.

On March 1st, the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club took its rebuilt ice yacht ROCKET onto the thick ice on the Hudson near Albany to join the Hudson River Ice yacht Club's ice yacht JACK FROST and many other historic wooden ice boats. Read a report here.


Tom's Winter Reading -- Three articles about the new garvey: Early Thoughts and Planning, Construction Pictures with narrative, and week by week construction Log. Do the Construction Pictures first, about an hours read with about 40 photos.  --  Tom Gibson

New Jersey Friends of Clearwater and NMHA have sailed the Adam Hyler Oyster Garvey every year since the early eighties.

The 2012 sailing season was uneventful and the 2013 season has not happened, and it has been decided that a NEW BOAT must be built as the existing hull is leaking and really difficult to fix. Discussions over designs will commence and you can visit this space for announcements.

CONSTRUCTION IS UNDER WAY. Visit here for details: Building a new Garvey.

Environmental Sail Program

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